EXCLUSIVE: BCA Top 40: 2003 - Anderson Sealy soars to record 98 wickets, schoolboy Martin Nurse slams double ton in 798 runs

Bridgetown, Barbados, May 27 - (www.bcacricket.org) - To mark the 40th anniversary of compiling statistics on the premier Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) Championship, Keith Holder continues his annual series, which is now into the decade of the 2000s.

Formerly known as the First division since 1892, the Competition was rebranded as the Elite division in 2012 - three years after the promotion and demotion system was introduced.

In keeping track on the performances of all the teams and players, Holder will ultimately feature a BCA Top 40 in batting, bowling and fielding (most runs, most wickets etc).

Qualifications for each season - Batting: 300 runs; Bowling: 20 wickets; Fielding - Wicket-keeper: 10 victims, Other than wicket-keeper: 8 catches.

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Yearwood brothers, Rondelle and Corey, also shone as Spartan sped to title

It was an amazing 2003 season for two young, gifted players - left-arm spinner Anderson Sealy of dethroned champions Banks and Combined Schools captain and opening batsman Martin Nurse.

The 21-year-old Sealy, tutored by the highest ever BCA top league wicket-taker in Winston Reid, soared to a new record of 98 wickets in the 14-team Championship, then into its third straight year of two-day matches played on covered pitches on consecutive days.

To boot, Sealy, the son of the outstanding former Barbados netballer, Marva Sealy (nee Harris), held the most catches overall (17) in his unforgettable season.

The fact that it was Reid’s record of 92 scalps, set in 2000, which Sealy eclipsed made it even more touching.

And Sealy’s record has not been touched since and perhaps will never, ever be especially with the Competition now featuring a settled number of ten teams since 2012 under the promotion and demotion system.

Left-hander Nurse, a big, bold and brash 18-year-old, became the first schoolboy in 34 years to slam a double-century en route to a season-high aggregate of 798, at the impressive average of 53.20 in only nine matches.

That memorable knock of 213 came on the very first day of the season against Barbados Cricket League (BCL) in a total of 350 for eight declared off only 59 overs after his side lost the toss at the Lester Vaughan School ground, Cane Garden, in the central parish of St. Thomas.

The Schools went on to triumph by an innings and 80 runs - their only victory of the season.

Nurse was also the Barbados Under-19 team captain that season, forcing him to miss the fifth and sixth round matches against Maple and YMPC after he had raced to 542 runs (ave: 90.33) in the first four rounds with scores of 213 v BCL; 83 and 58 v Banks; 85 v St. Catherine; and 44 and 59 v Spartan.

And when he returned against Pickwick in Series 7, he fell for 0 and 96 before missing the next two matches against Police and Cable & Wireless.

His other scores in sequence were: 13 v Wanderers; 2 and 28 v Empire; 43 and 62 v Carlton and 0 and 12 v BDFSP.

It was the second time that Nurse had amassed the most runs in a season, having scored 737 in 2001 - just one year after making his debut, which was marked by a second innings hundred (103) for Schools South against the traditionally strong Spartan in a fighting draw at Queen’s Park (Series 4).

Nurse’s double-ton was achieved as a student at The Lodge after transferring from Deighton Griffith the previous year. Ironically, prior to Nurse’s, the last schoolboy to have scored a “double” was another Lodge boy, Stephen Farmer, who hit an unbeaten 203, at No. 3, against Spartan in a total of 363 for seven declared in 1969 (August 19).

Farmer, now a renowned attorney-at-law who celebrated his 71st birthday on May 23 and whose father (Captain Wilfred Farmer) and grandfather (W.A. Farmer) were also products of The Lodge, later played for Barbados’ oldest club Wanderers (now 144 years) and went on to become one of the finest all-rounders at club level, having also represented Barbados.

Kraigg Brathwaite, the current West Indies Test captain and opener, is the only other schoolboy to have scored a double-century in the BCA top league since Nurse, bringing to eight the number of schoolboys in achieving the feat.

Brathwaite made 222 not out for Barbados Youth against LIME at Lester Vaughan in 2009 (Series 10). He was then a student at Combermere.

Apart from Farmer, Nurse and Brathwaite, the others were Eric Collymore (Harrison College) 215 v Wanderers, 1915; Clifford Inniss (Harrison College) 205 v Wanderers, 1930; Chester Cumberbatch (Harrison College) 219 not out v Lodge, 1932; John Goddard (Lodge) 200 not out v St. Ann’s, 1937; and Tony King (Harrison College) 201 not out v Police, 1961. (See separate story on schoolboys who have scored First/Elite Division centuries).

Now, Nurse, who is still active (he played for first-time BCA Twenty20 champions BWU Gladiola in 2020) recalls his 2003 achievement, saying he was just “doing my normal thing”.

“At that time I was yet young still. I really didn’t understand the severity of the situation scoring a double. I was playing for Combined Schools, having fun, loving cricket and just doing my normal thing, which was scoring runs,” he told this correspondent.

“After I realized what was going on, it was a really good feeling. After all of those years you are becoming the first schoolboy to score a double… there weren’t too many people who were scoring doubles at that time so it was really significant and it was actually a good feeling after finding out that I was that person to break such a historical record.”

Sealy, who, had his secondary schooling at The Lodge as well, joined Reid in bowling their hearts out in a quest for a hat-trick of titles but they were upstaged by Spartan, captained by chirpy leg-spinner Dave “Yamma” Marshall, with a match to spare.

In what had become a customary “hogging” of the ball since the turn of the century, Sealy sent down a new season record of 516.1 overs and averaged 18.86 per wicket including a record-equalling nine five-fors and three ten-wicket match hauls.

Reid was just behind him in the number of overs - 511.1 including an amazing 160 maidens (doubled Anderson Sealy’s), while grabbing 80 wickets (ave: 13.91).

Simply put, Anderson Sealy and Reid were so dominant with the ball that their combined overs of 1027.2 dwarfed an effort of 194.4 from 11 other bowlers in the Brewery side, of which Sealy’s older brother, off-spinner David, sent down 52 and took just two wickets at a very expensive cost of of 110.5. Nineteen wickets were picked up by the others.

Anderson Sealy’s best figures were eight for 115 off 35 overs in the first innings against Spartan in a drawn Round 7 match at Queen’s Park.

He emulated yet another left-arm spinner, Spartan’s Sulieman Benn, in taking nine five-fors in one season. Benn’s feat came in 1999 when he hauled in 77 wickets (ave: 11.02) as an 18-year-old.

Anderson Sealy described his hefty haul of 98 wickets as “great” in talking with this reporter.

“The feeling was a great one having been practising hard on some tips given by Winston (Reid) over the years. Also having done it alongside him made it extra special,” he asserted.

On also setting a record for the most overs in a season, Anderson Sealy said: “That was something which would have always been in my mind as following previous seasons, my responsibility grew as my performances got better for the club.”

He also expressed his views on the pitches.

“The pitches most of the time were more bowler-friendly given the format used since 2001, having to find a style of play to accumulate points.”

And he was very high in praise for the influence which Reid had on his cricketing career and life in general.

“Winston’s major influence even went past my career. It was my life altogether, something unforgettable and can never be priced tagged,” Anderson Sealy said emphatically.

In a significant slash by half when compared with the previous season, there were 20 centuries, while 14 batsmen scored over 500 runs - down by six from 2002.

It was also a memorable season with the bat for the Yearwood brothers - Rondelle, the Pickwick captain and wicket-keeper/batsman and the younger Corey, nicknamed “Rusty”, who represented Spartan.

Hailing from the wonderful village of Harrises in the most northerly parish of St. Lucy, it was a big statement from so-called “country boys”.

Rondelle Yearwood, then aged 28, enjoyed his best ever all-round season, scoring 693 runs (ave: 40.76) to be third highest on the list of aggregates, along with 23 victims (16 catches and seven stumpings), putting him also at No. 3 among the ‘glovesmen’.

Corey Yearwood, 25, who either opened or punched in at No. 3, scored 630 runs (ave: 35.00).

Three years later, a third sibling, Jamar Yearwood, made his top division debut at the age of 14 for Barbados Youth ‘A’ as a wicket-keeper/batsman and also went on to represent BDFSP, Pickwick and Police.

And there would be no stopping the Yearwood family connection with BCA Competitions as Rondelle’s son, Rondre, stepped onto the stage in the 2017 Sagicor General Twenty20 Championship, bowling left-arm spin for Foundation School and then representing the Barbados Under-17 team in the Cricket West Indies Tournament in Trinidad & Tobago the following year.

Six bowlers boasted of over 50 wickets and all were spinners.

Police’s Stephenson Herbert (now Inspector Herbert), tall and competent, was the top wicket-keeper with 26 victims (19 catches and seven stumpings).

In capturing the title, Spartan gained 63 points including six victories without a defeat as a very proud Dave Marshall finished as the third highest wicket-taker (64) at 13.82 runs each.

Spartan team (with matches in brackets) -

Dave Marshall (captain, 13), Wayne Blackman, Corey Yearwood, Hattian Graham (13), Kevin Stoute (11), Dion Lovell, Rohan Nurse, Sulieman Benn (10), Livingstone Puckerin (9), Ryan Wiggins (8), Philo Wallace (6), Aaron Barker, Philip Browne, Jason Bennett (5), Damien Maynard, Justin Pounder (4), Glen Robinson, Andre Small (1).

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FINAL POINTS

Spartan                     63

Banks                        51

Maple                        48

Empire                      46

Carlton                      41

St. Catherine             36

Pickwick                    31

BDFSP                       30

Cable & Wireless        27

YMPC                        26

Schools                     22

Police                        19

Wanderers                 16

BCL                           15

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BATTING                                       MT     I    NO    R      HS     Ave       100    50

Martin Nurse (Schools)                    9    15     0    798   213    53.20       1      6

Adrian Jones (YMPC)                      13   22     1    724     86    34.47       0      5

Rondelle Yearwood (Pickwick)         13   18     1    693    147    40.76      1       6

Kurt Wilkinson (Carlton)                 10   12     2    659    161*  65.90      2       4

Kamal Turney (BCL)                       13   23     0    655    88     28.47       0      4

Corey Yearwood (Spartan)              13   20     2    630    82     35.00       0      5

Kenroy Williams (St. Catherine)      13   19     3    623    97     38.93        0      5

Dadrian Forde (BDFSP)                  11   20     4    613   112*   38.31       1      4

Shawn Graham (Empire)                11   15     7    602   104*  75.25        1      5

Wayne Blackman (Spartan)            13   21     1    560     97    28.00       0       3

Ron Bates (C&W)                          13   21     0    542   105     25.80       1       3

Don O’neal (C&W)                         13   21     2    537    87      28.26       0       3

Jason Parris (Empire)                     11   16     3   535   122*    41.15      1       3

Dave Clarke (BCL)                         13   24     0    503    66     20.95       0       4

Khalid Springer (Maple)                 12   18     3    491   105    32.73       1       2

Dale Mason (St. Catherine)            13    20    1    489    63     25.73       0       3

Shirley Clarke (Carlton)                  12  18     1    486   109    28.58       1       1

Jason Haynes (Empire)                   11  16     4    476   102    39.67       1       1

Dwayne Nurse (Wanderers)            13   17    1    459     62    28.68       0       1

William Lashley (YMPC)                  13   21    4    448     69    26.35       0       2

Donovan Lovell (Banks)                   9    15    0    438    65     29.20      0       3

Jarvis Forde (BCL)                          13   24    1    432    70    18.78       0        1

Trevor Griffith (Police)                     13   22    3    431   108    22.68      1        1

Rohan Nurse (Spartan)                    10   15   3    426     97    35.50      0        4

Dale Richards (Carlton)                   10   13    0    421     81    32.38      0        3

Richard Carter (Banks)                    13   22    1   419     90    19.95       0       2

Ricky Waldron (Maple)                     11   17    5   416     84    34.67       0       3

Michael Matthews (Pickwick)            12   17    2    413    71    27.53       0        3

Shawn Sargeant (St. Catherine)       10   16    0   408     78    25.50      0        3

Dwayne Yearwood (Police)               12    20   0    405    63    20.25       0        2

Andy Payne (Maple)                        12    18   1    403    72     23.70      0        2

Sean Armstrong (Wanderers)           12    15   0    390    90    26.00       0        3

Brian Johnson (C&W)                      11    17   3    380     60    27.14      0         3

Anthony Hurley (Pickwick)               12    17   0    378     60    22.23      0         3

Shane Mayers (BDFSP)                    13    22   1    373     70    17.76      0        1

Edison Rock (Police)                        12    18   1    363     72     21.35     0         1

Stephenson Herbert (Police)             13    22   1    360     66*   17.14     0        1

Wendell Coppin (YMPC)                    12   15    2    353   154*  27.15      1        1

Ian Bradshaw (Wanderers)               9     13    3   351     82     35.10      0        2

Jason Hinds (Pickwick)                    13    18    2    350    71*   21.87      0        2

Lamar Wiggins (BDFSP)                  11    21    0    346    69     16.47      0        1

Carlo Morris (BDFSP)                        8    15    2    341    54     26.23      0        2

Philo Wallace (Spartan)                     6     9     3   340    79      56.67      0        3

Brian Corbin (Police)                        12   19    2    338    73     19.88      0        1

Owen Birch (Wanderers)                  11   14    0    334    90     23.85      0        3

Mark Trotman (Schools)                    9    14    1    333    60     25.61      0         3

Kevin Stoute (Spartan)                   11    15     2   331    50     25.46      0         1

Phillipe Aimey (Wanderers)             11    15     1    327   73     23.35       0        1

Joseph Harris (Pickwick)                   5      8     4   324    88*   81.00       0        4

Barry Callender (Banks)                  12    19     3   318    80*   19.87       0        2

Dwayne Lynch (BCL)                       13    23     3   313    56     15.65       0        1

Corey Clarke (BDFSP)                      11    19    1    312   50*    17.33      0         1

Jefferson Gibbons (Maple)               10    17     0    311   55     18.29      0         1

Randy Thomas (BCL)                       8     14     0    304    72     21.71      0        1

Alcindo Holder (Empire)                  11    11     3    302    100*   37.75     1        1

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BOWLING                               MT      O         M       R         W       BB        Ave     5W   10W

Anderson Sealy (Banks)          13      516.1    80     1849    98     8-115    18.86     9        3

Winston Reid (Banks)              13      511.1   160    1113    80     7-47      13.91     7        2

Dave Marshall (Spartan)          13     319.2     65     885      64     7-44     13.82      5        0

Ryan Layne (C&W)                  13     259.4    41      912     56      7-47     16.28      4        0

Ryan Austin (Carlton)              13     353.5    69     1003    55      8-47     18.23      3         2

Sulieman Benn (Spartan)         10     303.5    81     696     54      6-22     12.88       5        0

Ryan Nurse (Empire)               11     213.5    45     625      46      7-20     13.58      2        0

Dave Clarke (BCL)                   13    199.4    22     755       44     8-35      17.15      4        1

Dwayne Lynch (BCL)               13     279.2    45     865      44      5-41     19.65      4        0

Sadiq Hill (Police)                    13    301.2    55     877       40      4-29     21.92      0        0

Wendell Coppin (YMPC)            12    251.4    61      577     37      5-29      15.59     1         0

Khalid Springer (Maple)           12    169.3    16      532     36      6-15      14.77      2        0

Derick Bishop (St. Catherine)   12     248      55     596      34      6-41     17.52      2         0

Ian Perryman (Empire)             9     136.5     28    385      32      5-28     12.03      2         0

Jimmy Small (Police)                9     213.1     26     702      32     5-59      21.93     1         0

Ryan Hurley (Pickwick)             4     144.5     34     398      31     8-61     12.83      4         1

Ian Bradshaw (Wanderers)       9      149       15     603      30     5-46      20.10      1        0

Marlon Blagrove (BDFSP)         10     142.4    18     513       27     4-26     19.00      0         0

Kenroy Williams (St. Catherine) 13   212.5     36     659      27     6-53     24.40       2        1

Shane Ramsay (Maple)            11     134.5    25     382      26     5-16     14.69       1        0

Andre Evelyn (Maple)               8     143.2     20     513      26     4-25     19.73       0         0

Ryan Hinds (Pickwick)               6     170.5    37     493      25     4-61     19.72       0         0

Tino Best (BDFSP)                    8      93.3     13     356      24     6-21     14.83       1         0

Shirley Clarke (Carlton)           12     158.4    39     376      24     6-65     15.67       1         0

Stanton Proverbs (Police)          6     151.2    16     502      23     6-93     21.82       2          0

Antonio Thomas (C&W)           12     170.2    19     762      23     5-53     33.13       1         0

Calvin Watson (YMPC)             12     136.3    19     512      22     6-27     23.27       1          0

Steve Pinder (Schools)             9      168       37     561      22     6-64     25.50       2          0

Jamal Smith (Schools & Empire) 8     75        11     225      21     7-26    10.71        2          1

Brian Shepherd (St. Catherine) 11    94.4      17     335      21     5-47    15.95       2           0

Jamel Noel (St. Catherine)       12     130      20     435      21     5-39     20.71       1          0

Henderson Bryan (Wanderers)  13   151.4     21     582      21      3-45    27.71       0          0

Jason Bennett (Spartan)            5     71.1     12     261      20      5-27     13.05      1          0

Nikolai Charles (Schools)           7     125.4   32     355      20      5-20    17.75       1           0

Donovan Lopez (Maple)            11    106.4    13    374      20      6-77    18.70       1           0

Javon Searles (Schools)             6      93.4     8     422      20      5-45     21.10      2           0

Hattian Graham (Spartan)        13    129      23     434      20      3-8       21.70      0            0

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FIELDING

Wicket-keeper: Stephenson Herbert (Police) 26 (19/7); Wayne Blackman (Spartan) 24 (22/2); Rondelle Yearwood (Pickwick) 23 (16/7); Patrick Browne (St. Catherine) 20 (17/3); Rommel King (Carlton) 19 (18/1); Tori Harbin (BCL) 18 (14/4); Owen Birch (Wanderers) 18 (16/2); Wayne Reubin (Banks) 15 (11/4); Dadrian Forde (BDFSP) 15 (12/3); Jamel Kirton (Empire) 15 (12/3); Jefferson Gibbons (Maple) 15 (10/5); Lonsdale Blake (YMPC) 15 (15/0); Roland Holder (Empire) 14 (12/2); Junior Murray (Banks) 13 (9/4); Courtney Browne (C&W) 13 (11/2); Carlo Morris (BDFSP) 12 (12/0); Cyprian Payne (Schools) 10 (8/2); Matthew King (YMPC) 10 (9/1).

Other than wicket-keeper: Anderson Sealy (Banks) 17; Winston Reid (Banks), Don O’neal (C&W), Dale Richards (Carlton), Livingstone Puckerin (Spartan) 15; Richard Carter (Banks) 13; Ron Bates (C&W), Kurt Wilkinson (Carlton), Kevin Marshall (Pickwick) 12; Lamar Wiggins (BDFSP), Shane Ramsay (Maple), Kenroy Williams (St. Catherine), Kevin Stoute (Spartan), Jason Codrington (YMPC) 11; Andy Payne (Maple), Dave Marshall (Spartan), Jason Haynes (Empire) 10; Jarvis Forde (BCL), Dave Clarke (BCL), Corey Clarke (BDFSP), Ryan Layne (C&W), Bruce Chandler (Carlton), Alcindo Holder (Empire), Marvin Forde (Wanderers), Henderson Bryan (Wanderers) 9; Dwayne Lynch (BCL), Julian Niles (BCL), Shane Mayers (BDFSP), Floyd Reifer (C&W), Brian Johnson (C&W), Jason Parris (Empire), Anthony Hurley (Pickwick), Michael Matthews (Pickwick), Dwayne Yearwood (Police), Trevor Griffith (Police), Sadiq Hill (Police), Stanton Proverbs (Police), Brian Shepherd (St. Catherine), Aaron Barker (Spartan), Philo Wallace (Spartan) 8;

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CENTURIES (20)

Martin Nurse (Schools) 213 (1st innings) BCL at Lester Vaughan, Cane Garden (Series 1).

Kurt Wilkinson (Carlton) 161 not out (1st innings) v Wanderers at Dayrells Road (Series 7).

Floyd Reifer (C&W) 159 (1st innings) v Schools at Coleridge & Parry, Ashton Hall (Series 9).

Wendell Coppin (YMPC) 154 not out (1st innings) v Schools at Lodge ‘A’, Society (Series 6).

Rondelle Yearwood (Pickwick) 147 (1st innings) v Police at Kensington Oval (Series 11).

Dwayne R. Smith (YMPC) 145 (2nd innings) v Pickwick at Kensington Oval (Series 9).

Kirk Edwards (Pickwick) 127 (1st innings) v Carlton at Black Rock (now Desmond Haynes Oval) (Series 4).

Jason Harris (Empire) 122 not out (1st innings) v BDFSP at Bank Hall (Series 6).

Dadrian Forde (BDFSP) 112 not out (2nd innings) v Pickwick at Kensington Oval (Series 12).

Shirley Clarke (Carlton) 109 (1st innings) v St. Catherine at Black Rock (now Desmond Haynes Oval) (Series 2).

Trevor Griffith (Police) 108 v St. Catherine at Bayfield (Series 5).

Ron Bates (C&W) 105 (1st innings) v Banks at The Brewery (Series 3).

Khalid Springer (Maple) 105 (1st innings) v Schools at Trents (Series 5).

Shawn Graham (Empire) 104 not out (1st innings) v YMPC at Beckles Road (Series 5).

Stanton Proverbs (Police) 103 (1st innings) v Banks at The Brewery (Series 3).

Jason Haynes (Empire) 102 (2nd innings) v Banks at The Brewery (Series 13).

Kurt Wilkinson (Carlton) 101 not out (1st innings) v BCL at Blenheim ‘A’ (Series 5).

Kevin Marshall (Pickwick) 101 (1st innings) v BCL at Kensington Oval (Series 8).

Alcindo Holder (Empire) 100 not out (1st innings) v Spartan at Queen’s Park (Series 3).

Ron Cumberbatch (Carlton) 100 (1st innings) v YMPC at Beckles Road (Series 13).



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